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Published on August 1st, 2013 | by Tom


How to Treat a Sea Urchin Sting

It is possible for you to get a sea urchin sting when you are diving or when you are going to your board for a surfing. Well, don’t worry, here in this article are some good ideas on treating a sting by a sea urchin.

Usually a sea urchin sting will result in pain, swelling, redness and infection.  Most of them can be treated by yourself, but if you are having severe pain or difficulty breathing, call an ambulance for help immediately.

Sea Urchin Sting Treatments:

  1. Soak the wound in hot water for 30-90 minutes. But make sure the temperature of the water is within the victim’s tolerance. This is very effective in reducing the pain and you can repeat it if necessary.
  2. Remove the spines with tweezers. For the pedicellaria, you can use a razor to scrap it with shaving cream grounding the wound. Remember not to dig deep with a pin or other needles, because it is not easy to get the entire spine out of your body. Most importantly, the spines in your skin will dissolve naturally as time passing by.
  3. Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  4. Use topical antibiotic cream or lotion to ease the symptoms of swelling or inflammation.
  5. Immerse your wound in vinegar. Pour some vinegar into a container and soak your infected part in it for as long as you can. You may see the spines “dissolve” gradually.  And you can wash the wound with anti-bacterial soap and apply antibiotic cream or ointment to the area after soaking.
  6. Do not wrap the wound with bandages or glue, keep it open so that the affected skin can breathe and remain dry.
  7. Medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken to relieve the pain. Take acetaminophen every 4 hours, and ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.

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